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Doctor Who: Peladon Tales (The Curse of Peladon / The Monster of Peladon) [DVD]

Jon Pertwee , Katy Manning    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Elisabeth Sladen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SZQC70
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,732 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Two classic Doctor Who adventures set on the planet of Peladon, starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor, with Katy Manning as his companion in the first story and Elisabeth Sladen in the second. In the four-parter 'The Curse of Peladon' (1972), the Doctor (Pertwee) finally seems to have escaped his exile to Earth when he manages to transport Jo (Manning) in the Tardis to the planet Peladon. The pair are mistaken for Earth delegates at a conference to decide whether Peladon should join the Galactic Federation, and discover that someone is attempting to use the legendary royal beast of Aggador to trigger off a war. In the six-parter 'The Monster of Peladon' (1974), the Tardis arrives on the Planet of Peladon half a century after the Doctor's first visit. The planet has now become of great tactical importance because of its focal position between warring factions. The Doctor and Sarah (Elisabeth Sladen) have to act as peacekeepers between rival ambassadors and they must also find the truth behind 'the spirit'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Couple of True Pertwee Treasures 7 Mar 2012
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The Curse of Peladon
Brian Hayles had created an enduring race of Martian Reptiles in "The Ice Warriors" and so for the start of the ninth season, Letts and Dicks wanted to bring back some classic foes from the past. The Ice Warriors, en route became part of these plans. In The Curse of Peladon we see a story about an unprepared King facing decisions that will either make or break his planet. Its a wonderful story, there is a menagerie of monsters old and new, a brilliantly cast David Troughton as King Peladon and of course Jon Pertwee and Katy Manning at the height of their Saturday teatime power. The story exudes atmosphere, the dark and echoing corridors of the citadel look fantastic. Director Lennie Mayne does some pretty brilliant direction here, the story is very well made and considering that this story was made in 1972, it boasts some remarkable production standards.

At the heart of this tale are more of those Pertwee era political undertones, this time its the EEC. Great Britain was facing some dilemmas of its own back in the early 70's concerning the future of the country and its position in the EU, and so these dilemmas and choices certainly shine through in this adventure. The people of Peladon are not too happy about joining the Galactic Federation {EEC} and the King must decide what is best for his people, not let their primitive superstition dictate the planets future. A King must lead and lead courageously. Unfortunately for the good King, his desire to see Peladon as a great world amongst the community of neighboring planets are continually objected to by Hepesh, the High Priest. Over the duration of this cracking adventure, Hepesh is unmasked as the traitor and killed by his "God" Aggedor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two visits to Peladon 18 Jan 2010
By Emanon
After a fairly long absence, there's a sudden burst of Jon Pertwee stories getting released on DVD. After last year's rather excellent DALEK WAR set comes this collection of two stories set on the world of Peladon, separated by two years in production terms and fifty years in plot terms. THE CURSE OF PELADON is the second story of the 1972 series and finds the Doctor, (whilst still exiled to Earth) managing to get his TARDIS working just long enough to drag Jo Grant (Katy Manning) away from the prospect of a night out with Mike Yates and land her halfway up a mountain in a thunderstorm on an alien planet. Four episodes of political intrigue ensue on the rather feudal planet Peladon which still worships the furry terror that is Aggedor whilst being in negotiation for entry into the Galactic Federation, a situation that doesn't make certain members of the population very happy and is in absolutely no way reflecting a certain small nation's issues about entry into the "common market" that were happening at the same time. Ahem!

A range of alien ambassadors of various types (and successfulness) from the frankly disturbing face in a box called Arcturus to the rather endearing Alpha Centauri (who has to be seen to be believed) also have their own agendas, and a familiar set of foes from the Patrick Troughton era, the Ice Warriors are also along for the ride and this time around add a great deal of depth to a race of creatures raising their status to the realm of rather "classic" monsters. They are all given strong support by a fine set of character actors including Geoffrey Toone as the zealous High Priest Hepesh and a very young David Troughton as the naïve young King Peladon of Peladon who takes a bit of a shine to Jo (and why not?).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Peladon Tales 12 April 2013
By kk
The Curse of Peladon: A TARDIS test flight leads to the stormy world of Peladon... and the Ice Warriors!

Part 1: The Doctor and Jo land on planet Peladon which is hoping to join the Galactic...
Part 2: The Doctor knows the Ice Warriors of old and believes them guilty of sabotage.
Part 3: The Doctor is sentenced to a fight to the death in the pit with the King's champion.
Part 4: Hepesh is revealed to be the traitor and starts a rebellion against the King.

29 Jan - 19 Feb 1972

The Monster of Peladon: The TARDIS returns the Doctor to Peladon fifty years after his last visit.

Part 1: The Doctor makes a return visit to Peladon some years after his previous visit.
Part 2: Chancellor Ortron sentences the Doctor and Sarah to be punished by Aggedor.
Part 3: The Doctor attempts to expose the fraud of Aggedor's ghost.
Part 4: The Ice Warriors have taken control of Peladon, so the Doctor plans to defeat them.
Part 5: Commander Azaxyr and his Ice Warriors are revealed as traitors, in league with Galaxy 5.
Part 6: The Doctor and the miners fight to reclaim Peladon from the Ice Warriors.

23 Mar - 27 Apr 1974

DVD Released on 18 Jan 2010.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An allegory of its own time and space 18 Mar 2010
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Neither of the stories in this set are highlights of Jon Pertwee's tenure as the Doctor, but both are unusually political ones drawing on the UK's uncertain state in the early 70s. The Curse of Peladon sees the Doctor finally released from his exile on Earth and getting the TARDIS working again only to find himself in the forbidding fortress palace of Peladon on a dark and stormy night, where there's much debate among alien delegates as to whether the planet should be allowed to join the Galactic Federation. If this is not a million light-years away from the debate over whether the UK should join the Common Market, at least Ted Heath didn't have to deal with homicidal saboteurs and the not-so mythical royal beast of Peladon, Agador...

In many ways it's The Old Dark House with aliens, a gothic number with the Ice Warriors now on the side of the angels, former Doctor Patrick Troughton's son David Troughton on the throne and Pertwee displaying both his pitfighting skills and his ability to sooth the savage beast with a Venusian lullaby. It's a good story but a surprising one to generate a direct sequel, even if it does move the story ahead a generation.

Six-parter The Monster of Peladon is interesting for the even more political (and often overtly Socialist) slant the script takes. Whereas social revolutions have been a staple of science fiction even before H.G. Wells wrote The Time Machine, it's rare for a film or television entry in the genre to focus on labour relations and class warfare so explicitly. Just as Frank Herbert's Dune saga was an allegory for the Middle East's political tensions during the oil boom, The Monster of Peladon is an allegory of its own time and place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best doctor.
Like many people I find John Pertwee the greatest Dr Who, which is no mean achievement when you look at the competition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pete.
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who
I always, remember, these two stories, with Jon Pertwee,as the third doctor, on the planet peladon, very good memorable stories.
Published 5 months ago by skinner60
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and not bad (2 stories)
The Curse of Peladon is one of the best Pertwee era stories and would have rated 5 stars in itself. The production values are fantastic and the special feature explains how the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Grey Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sophisticated Dandy
The Doctor of my teenage years comes to life in two excellent adventures. And perhaps more importantly, he is joined in the second adventure by the ultimate Dr Who companion, Sarah... Read more
Published 6 months ago by MR DAVID HITCHCOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars good series
As with all the Doctor Who old series this was no exception, very enjoyable and worth buying if you are a Doctor Who fan. Nice to collect them all.
Published 6 months ago by galadrial
5.0 out of 5 stars A real classic
It doesn't get much better than this! No this isn't your fast moving modern Doctor Who, but is a tale of political intrigue full of great characters and Jon Pertwee at his very... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Caspar
5.0 out of 5 stars One for all fans of Dr Who / Jon Pertwee!
Two excellent stories featuring the Ice Warriors (amongst others) and set on the planet Peladon.

I can't recommend this set enough... BUY!!!!
Published 11 months ago by Sir Hampton Court
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, hariy fact

So the TARDIS is kinda working, is it, and Jo's got her best frock on? Uh huh. Now we're halfway up a mountain. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alex Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories
Jon, Katy and Ice Warriors, what more could you want? I loved this as a child and I still love it as an adult. This is what Dr. Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money
I remember these stories when they were first shown on the BBC way back when they were very apt for the time i.e. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Roger Ellor-Jones
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